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Veterans continue service to community

Vietnam veteran Steve de Lyra remembers returning from the service to a hostile homecoming.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Board questions request

Pick almost any day each week and you'll find the county's IT department working on the sheriff's records management system.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Senior awarded for safe driving

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

October 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Ceremony inducts new class to hall

Ernie Elliott says he is more comfortable under the hood of a race car than in front of the camera.

October 26, 2010 | Michele Hester | SPORTS


Two held on drug charges

A multi-agency drug sting led to the recent arrest of a Norcross man who local authorities had been investigating for the past year.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Company out $100,000

A longtime employee accused of taking more than $100,000 from a local grading company turned herself into authorities last week.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


KARE for Kids comes through for local family

Tears still come to Tammi Carter's eyes when she thinks back to Christmas 2008.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Father dies after accident on dirt bike

Memorial services will be held today for a 30-year-old Dawsonville man who died Sunday night following a dirt bike accident in western Dawson County.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Woman’s club head of the class

In a room of about 200 last week, Duane Wallace was the only person who knew which animal kills the most people each year in Africa.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


‘Guys and Dolls Jr.’ begins Friday

One of the most beloved Broadway musicals comes to life this weekend in Dawsonville.

October 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tatum Trail closed for repair

Tatum Trail in northwestern Dawson County will be closed Oct. 20-22 while crews replace a pipe damaged by recent flooding.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Gun club dispute is set for court Monday

More than four years have passed since the Dawson County commission voted to sever a lease with the owner of a sporting clays gun club on the south end of the county.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Annual expo helps businesses

Damian and Silvia Roberti opened Amadeo's Italian Cookies on Nix Bridge Road about six months ago, and aside from their regular customers, it's taken some time to get the word out.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lanier Tech recognized for adult literacy efforts

For the second consecutive year, Lanier Technical College and its partners in adult education are being recognized at the state level.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


Bennett named Miss KARE for Kids

Dressed in a floor length, silk gown, Morgan Bennett was crowned Miss KARE for Kids 2011 Saturday afternoon at Riverview Middle School.

October 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Memorial Day ceremony Monday at Veterans park

A service Monday at Veterans Memorial Park will honor local military men and women who served their country honorably and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Rotary Club of Dawson County named tops

The Rotary Club of Dawson County has been named 2014-2015 Club of the Year among large clubs in the district.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dawsonville man accused of hitting family member with metal fire poker

A Dawsonville man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the brutal beating of a family member.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Manufacturer moving to Dawson

A manufacturer currently based in north Forsyth broke ground on its new plant in Dawson County earlier this month.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Man pleads guilty to Lumpkin church thefts

A Dahlonega man pleaded guilty last week to his part in a string of church burglaries in Lumpkin County.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Marine pilot with ties to Dawsonville killed delivering disaster aid

A candlelight vigil and prayer service was held Sunday at Juno Baptist Church in memory of U.S. Marine Mark Johnson, one of eight soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a relief mission in Nepal.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Lawmakers recap legislative session

The state's new transportation funding mechanism was among the key topics last week when Dawson County's state delegation met to recap the 2015 legislative session.

May 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Caldwell claims elusive state title

Dawson County Senior Madison Caldwell went into Monday's state championship golf match with nerves of steel, an unmatched mental focus and a drive to achieve the goal she set for herself four years ago.

May 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Proposal designed to prevent underage drinking

Parents caught allowing their kids to host drinking parties with their friends could face hefty fines and punishments if a proposed ordinance is passed by county commissioners.

May 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Marine pilot with ties to Dawsonville killed delivering military aid

A candlelight vigil and prayer service was held Sunday at Juno Baptist Church in memory of U.S. Marine Mark Johnson, one of eight soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a relief mission in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Cumming man killed in tree-cutting accident

A Cumming man was killed in a tree-cutting accident Tuesday evening in southern Dawson County.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


DCHS wins ‘All-Sports Trophy’

Student athletes and coaches are celebrating Dawson County High's latest victory after the school was awarded the Region 7-AAA All-Sports Trophy last week.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School


Weapons, ammo stolen from deputy’s vehicle

Authorities are investigating the thefts of guns and ammo taken from a deputy's service vehicle last week.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Governor’s seal lifts local moonshiners’ spirits

Visitors touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery will soon have the option to take home a bottle of its signature backwoods spirits.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dawson man dies from injuries sustained in crash

A Dawson County man died Sunday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision near his home a week before.

May 13, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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